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Biographical entry Dawbarn, Mary Campbell (1902 - 1982)

5 January 1902
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
24 May 1982
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Biochemist and Nutritional physiologist


Mary Dawbarn was a biochemist and nutritional physiologist. Dawbarn worked under biochemist Hedley Marston at the CSIR's division of Animal Nutrition from 1923 until 1954 when she transferred to the CSIRO's Division of Biochemistry and Nutrition. Dawbarn undertook influential research on the B complex vitamins.



1924 - 1926
Career position - Demonstrator in Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide
1927 - 1954?
Career position - Research Chemist at the Animal Products Research Foundation at the University of Adelaide
1954 - 1963
Career position - Principal Research Officer of the Division of Biochemistry and General Nutrition at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 215 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Dawbarn, M. C., 'Thorburn Brailsford Robertson bibliography', Australian journal of experimental biology and medical science, 9 (1) (1932), 7-21. Details


See also

  • Alexander, John A. ed., Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12 (Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, 1944), 906 pp. Details

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